Most New Yorkers and others around the country are aware that police dogs can be used to search a building or assist an officer in taking someone into custody. Police K-9s are controlled by their handlers. The dogs and the handlers are required to undergo a significant amount of training in order to ensure that the handler can maintain control of his or her police K-9.
A police officer in New York's neighboring state of New Jersey has been charged with aggravated assault and official misconduct in connection with an incident involving his police dog. According to reports, the officer was attempting to stop a car on Jan. 29, and the driver did not immediately pull over.